A transgender advocate in Portland, Oregon says the city’s transgender agenda book is “deeply troubling” and “a direct challenge to the entire LGBTQ community.”
In a Facebook post on Friday, trans advocate and educator Amanda White said she had received a copy of the agenda book.
The book includes “gender identity and expression issues, such as transitioning to female or male, gender reassignment, and gender identity and behavior,” White said in the post.
The agenda book also contains information about a local school’s transgender-inclusive policies and procedures, White said.
“I am not surprised that the agenda for the 2018-2019 school year is so closely tied to the Trans Student Center, the organization that has taken up residence in my classroom,” White wrote.
“The Trans Student Centre is one of many transgender-specific organizations that are currently housed in my building.
It’s an organization that advocates for the safety and security of transgender students, and it is one that is currently located in my class.”
The Portland State University transgender-affirming policies and guidelines state that students are free to identify as transgender.
The Portland school year began in March and will continue until October.
White said she hopes the city can remove the Trans-Inclusive Policies and Guidelines from the agenda, and for students and teachers to be free to discuss their gender identity.
“For me personally, I want to continue to be respectful of my transgender identity and to remain open and honest with myself about my gender,” White told the AP.
“I don’t want to be seen as an enemy.”
Portland’s LGBTQ community has come under scrutiny for the past several years, with the city becoming the target of a wave of violence against transgender women and girls in recent years.
In January, a transgender woman was fatally stabbed in a high school restroom, just days after the city released guidelines on how to handle transgender students.